East Texas Man Drowned

by Christa Lollis

An East Texas man died when he drowned after trying to save his son.   According to a report on Saturday a boy was swimming in the Neches river near highway 21 and he began to drown. His father, 53 year old Richard Wilcox of Athens went in to save him. The son safely got out of the water and then the father began to drown. He sent his son to get help but when they arrived he had already disappeared. Several agencies searched for Wilcox and just after 9 last night his body was recovered. An autopsy has been ordered to determine the cause of death.